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In the main, though, Nicks and Ms. McVie were tolerable presences, and the rhythm section of Fleetwood and John McVie (who bore a striking resemblance to Tiger Woods's caddy) was efficient, if not terribly stimulating. If all you wanted from the show was an opportunity to hear old tunes such as "You Make Loving Fun," "Go Your Own Way" and "Gypsy" in a live setting one more time, you probably walked away satisfied. But the only genuinely artistic moments were produced by Buckingham, with little or no help from anyone else. The guitar gymnastics that he exhibited in "I'm So Afraid" were passionate; his recasting of "Big Love" as a plucky flamenco and "Go Insane" as a baroque sonic melodrama were inspired; and his reading of a new composition, "My Little Demon," strongly implied that a part of him is uncomfortable being back in Big Mac. But the 18,000 strong who watched him wrestling with insecurities old and new provided some compensation. To paraphrase Thomas Wolfe, you can't go home again, but you can go to the bank.

Last week, nobody in particular presents, the promotions firm run by Doug Kauffman, announced that it would no longer be using Rocky Mountain Teleseat to disseminate its tickets. This sudden decision comes as something of a surprise given Kauffman's frequent ballyhooing of Teleseat, which he said created savings for him and the average Joe in comparison with Ticketmaster, the service that dominates the live-events business. For example, in the January 18, 1995, edition of this column, Kauffman said in relation to his newly inked agreement with Teleseat, "I just felt this was a better alternative. Since it offered a savings to the concertgoer with no apparent downside, I thought, 'Why not give it a shot?'"

Just short of two years later, the downside has arrived. "Teleseat filed for bankruptcy reorga-nization under Chapter 11," Kauffman notes. The company, which also handles tickets for the Colorado Rockies, remains open at present, but Kauffman decided to cut his losses. "I got burned for some money," he concedes, "but it's not an amount that would place my business or my shows or the public's investment in jeopardy. I'm already moving forward on my shows, and they'll all be made good by me, the promoter." (At press time, representatives from Rocky Mountain Teleseat had not replied to numerous requests for a response to Kauffman's comments.)

Rather than immediately jumping back into bed with Ticketmaster, Kauffman will be handling the tickets for nobody in particular presents concerts through the end of 1997; they can be purchased at the Ogden Theatre (830-2525) and a small network of retail outlets, including Boulder's Albums on the Hill. He declines to speculate about his options for 1998 and beyond, saying only that "this is the time of year when things slow down a little bit, which is lucky for us. In the meantime, we appreciate everyone's understanding and hope that this won't be that much of an inconvenience."

Received in the mail a copy of Spin Underground U.S.A., a tome published by Vintage Books that is subtitled The Best of Rock Culture Coast to Coast. But Denverites hoping to see what the arbiters of taste regard as Colorado's finest contributions to the fabric of American rock are out of luck: Our town is not represented. (The spots Spin deemed cool enough to mention are Atlanta/Athens, Austin, Boston, Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, New York, Portland, Providence, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.) Evidently, folks around here need to work at becoming hipper. Could refusing to read any more books put out by Spin be a step in the right direction?

Local provocateur Tom Headbanger is certainly not relying on national rock mags to determine what acts to bring to town. His latest spectacular, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 12, at the Aztlan Theatre, includes presentations by Death in June (a favorite of European gloom-and-doomers for many moons), Strength Through Joy, Scorpion Wind and Non, a Mute Records act that's the creation of the willfully controversial Boyd Rice. Folks prone to dark moods are encouraged to attend. Headbanger is also the man behind "Swingathon I," a sort of swing rave starring the Savoy Orchestra and the Dalhart Imperials (see Hit Pick, page 90). The location is the Casino Cabaret, and the hours are 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. If you stay for all eight hours, remember: Emergency-room facilities are nearby.

Funny Girl fans will want to check out Michelle Monet, a Barbra Streisand impersonator once profiled by this very publication ("A Streisand Spotting," June 16, 1993). Monet appears on Saturday, November 8, at the Shwayder Theatre, in the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center in Glendale, and proceeds are earmarked to benefit the Violence Prevention Institute and the Women's Crisis Center of Colorado. More information can be had at 751-4859.

People who need people are the luckiest people in the world--whatever the hell that means. On Thursday, November 6, the Delta 72 count at the 15th Street Tavern, with the Emirs and Go Machine; Steve Crenshaw strokes his ax at Herman's Hideaway; and Mail Order Children can be found at CU-Boulder's Club 156, with Sturgeon General, Insatiable and Fletch. On Friday, November 7, Jon Chandler joins John Macy, Celeste Krenz and others for some Western-style crooning at Cameron Church; God Street Wine is served at the Fox Theatre, with Citizen Utility; Sketch pencils in an appearance at the Market Street Lounge; Space Team Electra lands at Seven South, with Register; Stanley Milton's Mean Streak gets peeved at Ziggie's; Shsc helps bring the umlaut back to rock and roll at Cricket on the Hill, with Skull Flux; and Havilah performs at the Abstract Caffe, 8250 West 80th Avenue in Arvada. On Saturday, November 8, intriguing singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky strums at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, with Green Linnet/Redbird Recordings signee Brooks Williams; Buzz Bomber and the M-80s create chaos at Seven South; the Sean Owens Band strolls into Ziggie's; and Dressy Bessy models at the Lion's Lair, with Pilary Victrola. On Sunday, November 9, the Lords of Acid drop at the Ogden, with Sweet 75; Greg Piccolo brings everything but his flute to the Little Bear; and Sweet Honey in the Rock and Kelly Joe Phelps travel to an E-Town taping at the Boulder Theater. On Monday, November 10, 311 goes to McNichols Arena, with Sugar Ray. On Tuesday, November 11, Five Iron Frenzy introduces the world to its second CD, Our Newest Album Ever, at the Aztlan Theatre; the Dandy Warhols get soupy at the Ogden; Zap Mama veteran Sally Nyolo hits the Boulder Theater; Flipper Dave splashes down at Herman's; Beth Orton returns to the Bluebird Theater; and the Early Music Ensemble, made up of students at CU-Boulder's College of Music, plays for free at Grusin Music Hall (call 492-8008 for details). And on Wednesday, November 12, Majek Fashek skanks at the Boulder Theater, and Dave Delacroix shows off 21st Century, his new CD, during a late-afternoon gig at the Snake Pit. He knows what the future will hold.

--Michael Roberts

Backbeat's e-mail address is: Michael_Roberts@westword.com. While you're online, visit Michael Roberts's Jukebox at www.westword.com

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